Islam Denounces Antisemitism

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Sincere Love Without Expecting Something in Return

'Agape' is the most common word for love used in the Gospel. It is referred to 116 times. The meaning of this word is 'love that always gives and never expects'. For example, the word 'agape' is mentioned here in the following part where the word 'love' is found to indicate selfless love: "... 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment." (Matthew, 22:37-39)

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord's people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. (Romans, 12:9-14)

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law [God's commandments]. (Romans, 13:8)

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. (1 Peter, 4:8-9)

If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great... (Luke, 6:32-35)

Therefore, as God's chosen people (who have faith), holy and dearly loved (believers), clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. (Colossians, 3:12-14)

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. (1 Corinthians, 13:1-3)

Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit,
especially (the morals of) prophecy.
(1 Corinthians, 14:1)

 

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